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Forum on Physics and Society | APS (1971-present)

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The American Physical Society, in 1971, established a forum for "physics and society":
https://engage.aps.org/fps/home

They have a WordPress blog:
https://physicsandsocietyforum.wordpress.com/

The "about" paragraph reads as follows:
"The Forum on Physics and Society (FPS) is a forum of the American Physical Society, organized in 1971 to address issues related to the interface of physics and society as a whole. The support of APS members is vital to the work of the Forum, both because Forum activities are coordinated by its active members and the financial support the Forum receives from the APS depends on its membership. All APS members are encouraged to join FPS."

Ram Poudel (2019) published an article there:
https://physicsandsocietyforum.wordpres ... evolution/

Looks like WordPress isn't so good with equation rendering? Poudel then presented at the Mar 2020 meeting:
https://hmolpedia.com/page/Ram_Poudel

Strangely, there has been no "social physics", that I recall, other than Poudel, in his forum on "physics and society"? The WordPress tagline reads:
"Exploring the implications of physics research & knowledge in modern society"

Correctly, it should read:

"Exploring the implications of the knowledge of physics as a basis for the modeling of society".

Such as was done by James Madison when he wrote the US constitution, in 1787, using Newtonian mechanics:
https://eoht.info/page/James%20Madison

American, however, in the years since, biased by polite religious sensitivities, has always been averse to social physics.
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The story of the history of the "Forum on Physics and Society" (FPS), from the following 1999 article:
https://web.archive.org/web/20010411025 ... story.html

States:

"The FPS was born in the tumultuous 1960's and 70's. The issues of that era: the Vietnam War, the debate over the Anti-Ballistic Missile system,
the energy crisis, the start of the environmental movement, the civil/human rights revolution."

Here, I guess, we can see why there is no "social physics" (SP) in the FPS.
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